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Alfalfa

Find articles on alfalfa planting, stand establishment and crop management to help you achieve your production goals.

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Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa is a popular weed management strategy for Western alfalfa producers. Aside from issues related to exporting an RR alfalfa crop to some countries, most growers seem pleased with the technology.

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Alfalfa is a staple in many animal diets because it is an excellent source of fiber and high-quality protein. It’s complementary to other types of forage and grain, cost-effective and palatable.

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While farming in the ‘North’ brings the benefits of growing some of the best forages like alfalfa and cool-season grasses, it also carries the weight of fall decisions that will ‘make or break’ your profit due to risks of winterkill.

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Alfalfa isn’t always an obvious choice for hay growers, particularly in areas where other forages like fescue grow cheaply and easily. In cases like that, the value of growing alfalfa isn’t always an obvious choice, but after investigation, it easily becomes an economic choice.

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September is probably the most critical month for alfalfa’s stand health and next year’s yield. Alfalfa will be in an energy-deficit situation after cutting until it reaches 6 to 8 inches in height.

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Many horse managers have a keen eye for hay quality, but their buying habits may seem fickle because they need forages to fit an array of unique preferences and animal performance requirements.

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